Sharpen Reading Skills
Sign Up for a Book Club
Most local libraries host one during the summer. “It helps kids set shortand long-term goals, track their progress, and develop a reading habit that has a tangible reward, like a prize at the end, all of which makes reading a positive experience,” says Matthew Boulay, founder of the National Summer Learning Association. If your library doesn’t have one, organize your own with your friends and their kids, or create a summer book list.
Let your child choose the books she’ll read— whether they’re about astronauts or dragons— to make it something she looks forward to.
Listen to Literature
Audiobooks can boost a child’s vocabulary, says Carrie Shrier, extension educator in child and family development at Michigan State University. For younger children, they can also be a good model for reading fluently without stopping or stumbling over words. Before a road trip—or your commute to day camp—browse Audible (audible.com) or Libby (libbyapp.com) with your child to pick out audiobooks together.
Set a Stellar Example
“When children see their parents read, it increases their own reading levels,” says Shrier. Make it summery by planning reading time together on the backyard hammock or at the park.